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Calling students grades K-12 Enter the 2020 KIUC Calendar of Student Art Contest

Deadline: October 15, 2019 Go to for calendar rules and how to enter!

July 2019 Winner Scarlett Patterson Seventh Grade, Island School

August 2019 Winner Alex Patrick Perozo Eighth Grade, Home School Now

September 2019 Winner Kailani Orner Ninth Grade, Kapa‘a High School


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When we gather, we grow. No one is born knowing how to handle money. It’s something we all learn along the way. At Gather FCU, we believe that forming good habits early will last a lifetime. We have special accounts and services designed to get our young members off to a smart start!

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Welcome to Kaua`i Family Magazine! Kaua`i’s Go-To Resource for Engaging Families

Back Into the School Routine Most schools are back in the swing of things. You, the parents, are also settling into a routine, hopefully getting involved in your child’s school. When you know what the kids are doing and learning, it demonstrates interest in them. In this back-to-school–themed issue, you’ll find information on Back to School Snacks for Brain Health, (page 50), Discover How Afterschool Activities Benefits Kids, (page 46), Best STEM Sites for Science-Minded Kids, (page 62). With Fire Prevention week coming up, we encourage you to Plan and Practice your Escape. September 8 is Grandparents Day. It’s great fun when we are involved in our grandkids’ lives- they are so busy with there own activities! On (page 27) gives a few suggestions to honor and celebrate grandparents. We hope this magazine will provide you with the resources to your families health, safety, education and readiness at your fingertips. So turn the pages for more guidance and support. Mahalo, Kaua’i for allowing Kaua’i Family Magazine to be a part of your ‘Ohana.


Chrissy Schechter, Publisher

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FALL 2019 COVER PHOTO Michelle Glaittli Contributors Maile Ballesteros Patrick Ching Monty Downs, M.D. Christa Melnyk Hines Daniel Judd, M.D. Lara Krupicka Michael Lutwin, D.D.S Sarah Lyons Pam Molnar Chef Mark Oyama Jan Pierce. M.Ed. Leah Ragsac Punzal Vision Next Issue: Holiday 2019 Advertising Deadline: September 15, 2019 Kauai Family Magazine is published quarterly as Spring, Summer, Fall and Holiday editions. Distribution: 15,000 printed quarterly and Digital E-Editions. Public and Private Preschools, Elementary and Middle Schools, Hospitals, Medical and Health Clinics, Libraries, KIUC, Jamba Juice, Gather Federal Credit Union, Retailers and Community Organizations. Subscription Rate: $16.00 for one year (4 editions) Subscribe at Copyright © 2019 Kauai Family Magazine All rights reserved. No portion of Kauai Family Magazine may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. Kauai Family Magazine assumes no financial responsibility for errors in advertisements.


FALL 2019


Ho'oheno and Obraxus getting ready for Halloween

Photo by Michelle Glaittli



Fun for the Whole Family!


BACK TO SCHOOL SNACKS FOR BRAIN HEALTH Easy to Find and Pack and Taste Great as Well

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Afterschool Programs

Arts, Sports and Education



Home Health Care Services



Amazing People Making a Difference in the lives of



Kaua’i’s Animals


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Message from Mayor Kawakami & DOE Superintendent Bill Arakaki Aloha! I hope all of our Kaua‘i families enjoyed a fun and rejuvenating summer break! As we prepare for the Back-to-School season, I encourage everyone to be involved in our keiki’s lives. Our bright and wonderful children are watching, listening, learning, and growing. It is our responsibility and duty to set good examples and encourage them to further their goals. Mahalo nui loa to the publisher and contributors of “Kauai Family Magazine” for continuing to support our families by sharing important information, articles, and available resources. I wish you all the best in the upcoming school year! Study hard, be safe, and have fun! With Warmest Aloha

Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami Mayor, County of Kaua‘i Welcome Back to the new School Year 2019 - 2020!

I am excited about the opportunities of the new school year as we continue our mission that the Kaua`i Complex Area: “Empowers and guides schools to inspire and educate children to become adaptive, innovative, contributing members of their community.” TOGETHER we will focus on our Hawaii DOE Five Promises:

• Hawai‘i: – Students will be educated within a public school system that is grounded in HA, powers a multilingual society, and honors Hawai‘i’s local and global contribution.

• Equity: Students will experience strong relationships and supports that mitigate disempowering differences to enable them to thrive academically, socially, and civically.

• School Design: Students will be immersed in excellent learning environments that are thoughtfully designed around a community’s power to contribute to a thriving, sustainable Hawai‘i. • Empowerment: Students will develop their authentic voice as contributors to equity, excellence and innovation, by providing input on what they learn, how they learn, and where they learn.

• Innovation: Students will engage in rigorous, technology-rich, problem-solving learning that enables them to solve authentic community challenges and develop pathways to goals.

We will integrated the unique Hawaiian values (Na Hopena A`O) and sense of place, equip students for local and global leadership and the ambitious community, career, and college goals of their choice. “We Care for and We Prepare ALL Students for Careers, College, and Citizenship in the 21st Century” Lastly, Mahalo to Kauai Family Magazine for their continued support to our families by sharing valuable information and resources. “TOGETHER WE CAN!” Mahalo!

William N. Arakaki, Kauai Complex Area Superintendent

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Our Family Favorites

Kaua‘i Mokihana Festival a contemporary hawaiian cultural festival September 22-28, 2019

Nā Mea Kanu Hawai‘i Year of Hawai‘i Plants

FOR TICKETS: Call (808) 652-4497

TICKET OUTLETS: VICKY’S FABRICS, SCOTTY’S MUSIC & KAUA‘I MUSIC & SOUND Events sponsored in part by: Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Grand Pacific Resort Management, A&B Foundation, Kukui’ula Development, Lili‘uokalani Trust, Hawai‘i Community Foundation, Hawaiian Airlines, COK OED

For individuals requiring an auxiliary aid or additional support to participate call Maka Herrod at 808-651-1868 seven (7) working days before the event.

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Kauai Christian Academy’s 19th Annual

Fri. and Sat., Oct. 25 and 26, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Family Fun in a carnival atmosphere!

The Kaua`i Japanese Cultural Society Presents

Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 4:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

Kauai Memorial Convention Hall • Free Admission Soba makers from Japan will be demonstrating noodle making from scratch, cooking and sampling. Fun activities include, Chado Iris folding, Calligraphy, and Bonsai. • Food, Entertainment, Cultural Activities

Local Food Vendors, Amazing Bake Sale, Live Music, and HUGE Silent Auction

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Corn Maze! Royal Salon! Carnival Games! Pony Rides! Bounce Houses! Hay Rides! Airsoft Range! Bubble Zone! Nerf Wars!

On the Kauai Christian Academy Campus 4000 Kilauea Rd. Kilauea HI 96754

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Sponsored by County of Kauai and the Office of Economic Development

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Support local businesses, and tell them you saw them in Kauai Family Magazine! Education & Schools

Hawaii Public Health Institute. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

St. Theresa School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

Malama Pono Health Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Alaka’I O Kauai Charter School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

Hui Ho’omalu Foster Care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Keiki Montessori of Kauai. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

County of Kauai Agency of Elderly Affairs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Olelo Christian Academy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Child and Family Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66, 67

Festivals and Events

Kamehameha School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Hawaii Children’s Theatre, Presents: Matilda. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Kahili Adventist Preschool. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

Kauai Mokihana Festival. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Kauai Christian Academy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Kauai Christian Academy Fall Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Hawaii Children’s Theatre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Gather Federal Credit Union, Blackout Bingo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Na Lei Wili Area Health Education. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

Matsuri Kauai Festival. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Kawaikini Charter School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

Kauai Family Magazine Cover Kids Contest. . . . . . . . . . . 13, 61

Kauai Complex Dept of Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Breakfast with Santa at Gaylord’s at Kilohana. . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Patrick Ching Art. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74,75

Kukui Grove Center, Halloween Fun. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Kauai Resilience Project. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52, 53

Keala Foundation, Ultimate Trail Run . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Kukui Grove Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48, 49

Community Partners Health & Medical Services

Gather Federal Credit Union. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3, 17

Regency at Puakea Assisted Living . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Kauai Restoration & Cleaning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

Bayada Behavioral Health. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Mark’s Place. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11,17

Kauai Adult Day Health Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Make-A- Wish Hawaii. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Stay at Home Health Care Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22, 23

Gaylord’s at Kilohana. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Ohana Pacific Management. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Leah Ragsac, Realtor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

Hawaii Health Systems Corporation- Kauai Region. . . . . 34,35

DEJAVU Surf Hawaii. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Catholic Charities of Hawaii. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Kauai Island Utility Cooperative. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Kalaheo Dental Group. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

County of Kauai Department of Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Wilcox Health. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68, 80

County of Kauai Fire Department. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Hawaii Family Dental. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

County of Kauai Waste Management. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Punzal Vision. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

County of Kauai Office of the Mayor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Jason Blake Health Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

County of Kauai Lifeguard Association. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

HMSA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40, 41

County of Kauai Department of Education. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

Hawaii State Dept of Health. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

County of Kauai Parks and Recreation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26


Easy Homemade CORN DOG BATTER MIX By Chef Mark Oyama

Here is a batter that can be used with hotdogs, even with vegetables such as zucchini etc. Mix together all ingredients. It is best to dredge the items frying in flour before dipping in the batter. Dip wieners in the batter and fry in hot oil until brown.

CORN DOG BATTER 1 egg, beaten 1/4 cup milk 1/4 cup cornmeal 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1 tablespoon sugar Vegetable oil

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Behind the Scenes with Carol Culver at HCT What drew you to the theatre? “I always wanted to be a performer as early as age 6 or 7. I was drawn to the glamour and later to the ability to express myself in ways I didn’t feel I could in real life. I liked the way you could be anything in theatre. What inspired you to direct “Matilda”? “I saw Matilda on Broadway about 6 years ago and fell in love with it. I thought, “this is the perfect show for HCT to do… it has so many roles for children and is such an amazing show! It has to be done on Kauai!” How did you get started as a director and then with HCT? I started performing professionally when I was 17 in summer stock and by age 21, I was playing the lead on Broadway. When I left


performing and moved to Kauai, I saw that I had so much to offer the youth here. I opened my dance school, and started directing and choreographing. What is the show about? Matilda is about a young girl who is extremely bright, gifted way beyond her years but unappreciated by her selfabsorbed parents. She is sent to a harsh school run by an abusive head mistress, but also has a loving teacher who, for the first time in Matilda’s life gives her the love and appreciation she deserves. Will kids of all ages enjoy it? I laughed and cried when I saw this show. It is extremely tender and loving, and at the same time very funny! The message helps instill courage in young people to be all that they can be no matter their circumstances.

Picture your child


on KauaiFamily’s cover! We’re looking for Kauai kids ages 4 to12 with bright smiles and fun personalities to participate in this years Cover Kids Search. It’s easy to enter: Register your child at and pay $20 for one child, and add additional children for a small fee. See website for details. Deadline to enter is September 5, 2019. All families who enter the contest will be required to attend an exclusive and fun Cover Kids Search Party hosted at Kukui Grove Center on Saturday, September 7, 10:00am-3:30pm, where the kids entered will have their photo taken by our official photographer, Kauai Film Academy.

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PLUS: If you are one of the first 100 to enter, your family will receive a swag bag from Kukui Grove Center and Kauai Family Magazine at the event that is full of great surprises!

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Fall Family Fun Festivals and Events


Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair August 15-18 Vidinha Stadium Gather FCU $500 Bingo Blackout Friday, August 16 8 p.m. Vidinha Stadium Senior Fun Day Wednesday, August 14 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lydgate Beach Park


Car Seat Safety Checks Tuesday, September 17 Wilcox Medical Center

Project Wet Festival Friday, September 20 Free at Pua Loke Arboretum Open to all fifth graders Kaua‘i Mokihana Festival September 22 – 28 A seven-day event filled with Hawaiian culture and music

Koloa Youth Baseball T-Ball registration September 1-15 to register

Kauai Folk Festival Saturday, September 28 Grove Farm Museum, Lihue Matt, 808-855-8646

Kaua‘i Marathon Keiki Run Saturday, August 31, 8:00 a.m. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort


Garden Isle Drag Races Saturday, August 31, & Sunday, September 1 at 7 p.m. Kaua‘i Marathon & Half Marathon Sunday, September 1 6 a.m.-1 p.m. Grand Hyatt Kauai Kauai Family Magazine Cover Kid Search Saturday, September 7 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Kukui Grove Center

Kukui Grove Center Haunted House & Freaky Fridays Fridays, October 5- 26 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Lihue Ohana Fit Fest Trail Run Saturday, October 5 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anaina Hou Community Park, Kilauea Lihu‘e Christian Church Bazaar  Saturday, October 5 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the LCC social hall Local-style crafts, baked goods, sushi, quilts and more

Grandparents Day Sunday, September 8

Emalani Festival Kauai Saturday, October 12 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kanaloahuluhulu Meadow Kokee State Park Queen Emma enters the meadow on horseback 11 a.m.

Ultimate Hawaii Trail Run Saturday, September 14 Omao Track

Senior Food & Craft Entertainment Fair October 12 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall


Note: Dates and Times May Change Without Notice Please Call First to Confirm Matsuri Kauai Friday, October 18 4 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Kauai Japanese Cultural Society celebration FREE Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall Kauai Chocolate and Coffee Festival October 18 &19 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Historic Hanapepe Town Na ‘Aina Kai Halloween October 19 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Na’Aina Kai Botanical Gardens Kauai Harvest Ag Festival Sunday, October 20 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Waimea Canyon Park Family Funopoly Day Sunday, October 20 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Kauai Christian Fellowship South Campus Koloa Nightmare in Waimea Haunted Village October 24, 25 and 26 Non-scary maze: 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Scary maze: 7:30-11 p.m. Movies on the lawn: October 25 & 26 after sunset Waimea Canyon Park Kauai Christian Academy 18th Annual Fall Festival Friday & Saturday, October 25 & 26 4 p.m.-9 p.m., Kilauea Kukui Grove Halloween Festival Saturday, October 26 Trick or treat around the center Costume contest and prizes

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National Make a Difference Day Saturday, October 26 7:30 a.m. at Lydgate Park A family workday suited to all ages Kauai United Way’s Walk a Thon Saturday, October 26 8 a.m.-10 a.m. at Kukui Grove Wilcox Health Halloween Babies Parade Thursday, October 31 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Wilcox Medical Center


Kalaheo Dental Group’s Halloween Candy Buy Back Friday, November 1 Rainbow Plaza, Kalaheo Kaua‘i Veterans Day Parade Saturday, November 2 Parade starts at 9:30 a.m. in Kapaa Holiday Craft Fair St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church Saturday, November 9 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Old Koloa Sugar Mill Run Saturday, November 9, 2019 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Anne Knudsen Park 5K, 10K, 10-mile runs and non-competitive 5K walk Hawaii Children’s Theatre Presents Matilda November 15-December 1st Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall

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Making a Difference In The Lives of Kauai’s Animals Every animal on Kauai deserves to have a safe, nurturing and loving home. Below are some of the amazing people working to promote NO-KILL animal rescue, and making a difference in the lives of Kauai’s animals.

The Kauai Animal Welfare Society (KAWS) KAWS provides moral, financial and medical support for those fostering homeless pets. They advocate for the rescue and re-homing of the most at risk dogs from the local animal shelter. Their goal is to end the practice of euthanasia as population control, but to promote spay/neuter programs. KAWS seeks to create a sanctuary for animals waiting for foster or forever homes.

The Kauai Community Cat Project Their focus is on the care and welfare of homeless, stray and feral cats. They advocate for Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) as the most effective, compassionate method of reducing the community cat population, as well as the rescue and removal of kittens and socialized cats for adoption. For more information visit Contact Info: KCCP Managing Director, Mary Wilder (808) 634-4890 Email

Save Our Shearwaters

Animal Balance, Animal Spay Pod Mobile Animal Sterilization Hospital clinic (MASH) The Mega-MASH Clinic will be on Kauai September 8-12 with a goal to sterilize 2,000 cats in one week. Surgeries will be FREE. Program Director: Elsa Kohlbus, and Fulltime veterinarian Katie Spaulding Locations include: All Saints (in Kapaa) and the other in the Poipu area,

For seabird emergencies and public SOS aid station locations, call (808) 635-5117

Volunteers will be needed to help check in and monitor animals alongside the 50 international volunteers.

For more information visit

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8th Annual

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Full Breakfast Buffet: Fluffy scrambled eggs Portuguese sausage Sliced baked ham Mini chocolate chip pancakes Steamed white rice Breakfast potatoes Mini banana muffins Cinnamon sugar donut holes Fresh bananas and orange wedges Strawberry yogurt cups Coffee, Juice • • • • • •

Visit with Santa Train Ride Discount Storytelling with A Gift From Santa Crafts Face Painting Live Performance

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Santa is coming! December 14th Saturday, 8:00 a.m.

Gaylord’s at Kilohana

Catered by Mark & Wendy Oyama

$25 Per Child (Under 2 no charge) $30 Per Adult (Ages 13 & older)

By Reservation Only

808-639-5656 Advanced ticket purchases required. Seating limited.

Don’t wait, make your reservation TODAY!

This event sells out quickly!

Tickets will be picked up at the front door.

All proceeds benefit:

Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

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8 Simple Secrets of Happy Families Happiness varies depending on personal circumstances. But why are some families more resilient and happier despite the obstacles life throws their way?

Here are simple secrets of happy families. 1. They hang out together. Happy families feel a strong sense of connection with each other. Real connection takes as little as five minutes a day. Sit next to each other during homework time, cook together, read at bedtime, and chat while driving to activities. Create calmer, more cheerful mornings by prepping the night before or getting yourself up a little earlier.

rushed time in your home. In the evening, stick to a bedtime routine, which includes reading books with your kids and quietly reflecting on the day.

That connection in the first part of the day can carry kids throughout the day.

“I like how you colored this so neatly!”

The first 30 minutes in the morning and the last 30 minutes before bedtime help family feel grounded, calm and loved. Do a lot of snuggles and cuddles in the morning, and try not to make that a


2. They cheer for each other. Celebrate your kids’ interests and successes by acknowledging their efforts rather than zeroing in on what went wrong: “I loved watching you play.”

“Great job on your test. I can tell you really concentrated.” When we praise our children, self-esteem goes up. When self-esteem is high, connection is good, behaviors are good.

By Christa Melnyk Hines 3. They seek fulfillment. While material items like the latest electronics, and trendy toys may bring fleeting joy, they won’t deliver lasting contentment.

is to hug more. An eight-second hug is one of the best ways to give and get self-care. An eight-second hug releases oxytocin and feel-good, stress-relieving hormones. Hug your babies. Hug your kids. Hug your partner.

We can’t teach our kids to be happy if we’re looking to external sources to feed that emotion. That includes looking 6. They goof off. Play and laugh together. to others for validation of self-worth, Then, your kids get to experience you which can result as human. Sing in behaviors like Research suggests that together in the people-pleasing or car, make up zany children who grow up obsessing over likes songs when it’s on social media. to be happy adults are time to brush teeth, exchange riddles or This is where we encouraged early on jokes, jam to funky get a lot of shame. music in your living to engage in activities People become or make a really unhappy they enjoy and that help room, funny face to defuse because they develop their strengths. a tense situation. have unrealistic expectations to live Also, follow your up to. child’s lead. Play dolls, Legos or craft together. If your child likes to ride bikes, Research suggests that children who grow explore new trails together. Schedule a up to be happy adults are encouraged family board game night or play video early on to engage in activities they enjoy games together. and that help develop their strengths. Foster their innate sense of curiosity and 7. They create community. Not all explore a variety of activities with your parents can rely on family to provide kids, ranging from hobbies to volunteer positive emotional and practical support. work. The intrinsic rewards of participating In that case, focus on building friendships in activities that deliver personal through your neighborhood, church or gratification contribute to positive selfyour child’s school. esteem and confidence. 8. They honor emotions. Empathize with 4. They eat together. Multiple research your child when they’re upset, listen and studies show that eating dinner together validate their feelings and verbally label can lower the incidence of substance their emotions. Avoid taking your child’s abuse, teen pregnancy and depression. behavior personally or rushing to fix their Kids who dine with their parents are problems. Given the opportunity, kids more likely to have higher grade point can often peacefully problem-solve and averages, higher self-esteem and even negotiate with siblings and playmates stronger vocabularies. If possible, turn off without parental interference. the TV and put aside electronics to be in Kids who learn to self-soothe move the moment around the dinner table with through negative emotions faster. These your family. same kids also tend to form stronger 5. They show affection. Families today friendships, which is another key to longface plenty of stress. One simple antidote term happiness.

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INSIDE: Home Health Care Services Senior Wellness Programs Celebrate Grandparent's Day September 8th Photo by Lindsey Phelps

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Stay At Home Healthcare Services Staff: Annie Ballesteros, Deborah Burnham, Jeanalyn Agcaoili, Theresa Pascua, Yolanda Clutcher

Home Health Care Services – Its role in the continuum of care Stay At Home Healthcare Services provides home health services for patients who meet the criteria for services. Our dedicated employees provide services to the majority of Kaua’i. Often people only hear about home health services only when they or a family member needs it. We take this opportunity to provide you with information on home health and role it plays in the continuum of care.

What does continuum of care mean? Here is a scenario that may sound familiar to many of you. My friend’s 90 year old mother, Mary, was rushing to answer the phone when she tripped and fell. She uses a walker, but while rushing to get to the phone she decided to leave her walker behind. She felt immediate pain to her left hip and could not move. Luckily, she was able to activate the 911 system utilizing the life alert alarm system. She was taken to the emergency room where they diagnosed her with a left hip fracture. She was admitted to the hospital and underwent surgery to repair the hip. After 5 days in the hospital she was transferred to a Skilled Nursing Facility for continued rehabilitation. When Mary was ready for discharge, home health care was ordered to assist with Mary’s transition of care to her home.


By Maile Ballesteros Every encounter along the health care continuum of care is important as patients progress through their injury/illness. Home Health Care plays an integral part in the continuum of care as patients transition back to their home. We all know that “there is no place like home.”

What is home health care? Home health care is exactly what it says – medical care provided in a patient’s home. Home health care includes a range of health care services, including skilled nursing care, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. It also includes non-medical care, such as medical social services and home health aide. Home health care is unique as a care setting not only because the care is provided in the home, but the care is less expensive, more convenient, and just as effective as care given in a facility setting.

require monitoring, when the person is experiencing an overall decline in functioning; and wound care and treatment. The overall goal for home health in the continuum of care is to help individuals to get better, to improve function and live with greater independence, to promote the patient’s optimal level of well-being, and to assist the patient to remain at home, avoiding hospitalization.

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When are home health services needed? Here are a few reason home health services would be needed. Following an inpatient hospitalization, rehabilitation, or a stay at a skilled nursing facility (like Mary), when there are medication changes that

Who is eligible to for home health services? Home health services are covered by Medicare and Medicaid, as well as other private insurances. For Medicare recipients, you must meet the following criteria: • You must be under the care of a doctor, and you must be getting services under a plan of care reviewed regularly by a doctor. • A doctor must certify that you need one or more of these: • Intermittent skilled nursing care (other than drawing blood). • Physical therapy, speech-language pathology, or continued occupational therapy services. • You must be homebound, and a doctor must certify that you’re homebound. You may leave the home for medical treatment or short, infrequent absences for nonmedical reasons, like attending religious services. You can still get home health care if you attend adult day health.

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ArticleTake Title Control of Your Health:

6 Steps to Prevent a Fall

Every 13 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury. Many falls are preventable. Stay safe with these tips! Find a good balance and exercise program

Look to build balance, strength, and flexibility. Contact your local Area Agency on Aging for referrals. Find a program you like and take a friend.

Talk to your health care provider Ask for an assessment of your risk of falling. Share your history of recent falls.

Regularly review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist Make sure side effects aren’t increasing your risk of falling. Take medications only as prescribed.

Get your vision and hearing checked annually and update your eyeglasses Your eyes and ears are key to keeping you on your feet.

Keep your home safe Remove tripping hazards, i ncrease lighting, make stairs safe, and install grab bars in key areas.

Talk to your family members Enlist their support in taking simple steps to stay safe. Falls are not just a seniors’ issue.




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Seniors Wellness Programs

Senior Fun Day

This is an awesome event where seniors from all neighborhood centers throughout the island get together to play games, enjoy live entertainment, and build stronger relationships with each other. Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Location: Lydgate Beach Park

Healthy Aging & Wellness Programs Upcoming Events

Senior ID (individuals 60 years and older) August 19, September 3 &16, October 1 & 16. 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Agency on Elderly Affairs, Piikoi Building, Lihue Bring identifying documents. Symposium on Building a Dementia Friendly Community Thursday, August 22 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon War Memorial Convention Hall Keynote Speaker-Dr. Ritabelle Fernandes Breakout Session with Dr. Dennis Pezzato. Elder Law Fair September 13 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. War Memorial Convention Hall Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, 245-4728 Fall Prevention and Wellness Program In-home assessment that includes a short home visit by Agency on Elderly Affairs, Kauai Fire Department and American Medical Response. For services or more information Call 241-4470 or visit

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Arts & Craft Food & Entertainment Fair

Food & Entertainment Fair Every year, the seniors from all neighborhood centers throughout the island look forward to showing off all of their skills including: cooking, sewing, singing, dancing, and many others. This event is a great opportunity for our community to see and experience what our seniors can create. Date: October 12, 2019 Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Location: Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall


Senior Programs

Classes and activities are scheduled at community neighborhood centers throughout the island.

Some of the classes available include: art, aquatics, ukulele, hula, bonsai, cultural dances, exercise, hanafuda, weaving, quilting, line dance, sewing, crafts, and painting. If you are interested in joining our senior program contact the Neighborhood Center closest to you. Kekaha NC 337-1671 Waimea NC 338-1122 Kaumakani NC 335-5770 Hanapēpē NC 335-3731 Kalāheo NC 332-9770 Kōloa NC 742-1313 Līhu`e NC 241-6857 Kapa`a NC 822-1931 Kīlauea NC 828-1421

Grandparents are special. They offer sage advice, wisdom, and wonderful “listening ears.” Sometimes, especially when mom and dad aren’t around, they let their grandkids get away with things their parents won’t. President Jimmy Carter recognized the importance of grandparents when he made Grandparents Day a national holiday in 1978. The holiday falls on the first Sunday after the Labor Day weekend, this year on September 8th. Grandparents often give so much and expect so little in return, other than time and contact with their grandchildren. How can you and your children show love and appreciation for their grandparents? Here are some favorite family-tested ideas that celebrate and honor the important roles that grandparents and great-grandparents, play.

Photo Calendar The photo calendar is one of the most appreciated gifts. Sites like Shutterfly and Snapfish have easy-to-use templates in which you can include pictures of the grandchildren-with and without grandparents--artwork, pictures of drawings, poems, stories, and anything else that has been saved and can

be uploaded as JPEGs. The only limitation is your imagination.

Framed PiCtures With the digital age, hard copies of pictures aren’t shared and framed like they used to be. Single? A collage? What about a handmade frame with the picture? Make a Photo Calendar or Framed Photos.

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Water Water Users Water Saving Saving Tips Tips for for Smart Smart Water Users By Kaua’i Department of Water By Kaua’i Department of Water On Kaua’i, the average person uses approximately 60 gallons of water each day. Using On Kaua’i, averagecan person usesamount approximately gallons water each of day. Using water morethe efficiently, cut that by up to6025%. TheofDepartment Water water more customers efficiently, can cut thatwise amount byuse up and to 25%. The Department Water encourages to practice water conservation to avoid of wasting encourages customers to practice wise water use and conservation to avoid wasting precious water resources. precious water resources. Detecting and fixing common household leaks; such as toilet leaks and dripping faucets Detecting and fixing common leaks;ofsuch as atoilet leaks and dripping are often overlooked, but is anhousehold important part being responsible water user. faucets are often overlooked, but is an important part of being a responsible water user. Here’s 8 more easy-to-do water-saving tips: Here’s 8 more easy-to-do water-saving tips: • Switch to low-flow aerators and shower heads in • Remember, every glass of water served, requires • Switch to low-flow aerators and shower heads in • Remember, every glass of water served, requires your kitchen or bathroom. an additional 2 to 3 glasses to wash and rinse the your kitchen or bathroom. an additional 2 to 3 glasses to wash and rinse the glass. When dining out, help save water by only • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth glass. When dining out, help save water by only • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving. requesting water if you intend to drink it. or shaving. requesting water if you intend to drink it. • Choose appliances with the WaterSense logo; such • Use a broom instead of water to clear debris from • Choose appliances with the WaterSense logo; such as washing machines, for more efficient water and • Use a broom instead of water to clear debris from as washing machines, driveways and outdoor areas. energy-saving use. for more efficient water and driveways and outdoor areas. energy-saving use. • Use a shutoff nozzle on your garden hose. • When planning landscape options, try the xeriscape • Use a shutoff nozzle on your garden hose. • When planning landscape options, try the xeriscape concept. It’s low maintenance and requires less • Diluting dish soap with water reduces the amount concept. It’s low maintenance and requires less • Diluting dish soap with water reduces the amount watering. of rinse water required to remove the soap. watering. of rinse water required to remove the soap. The Kaua’i Department of Water is committed to water conservation and education The Department of Water is committed to water conservation and education that Kaua’i supports a healthy and sustainable water future. that supports healthy and sustainable water future. For more info avisit For more info visit

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Ocean Safety

Keeping Our Children Safe


By Monty Downs, M.D. President Kaua`i Lifeguard Association

Autumn issue, back to school already. I hope our Kauai kids and families had a fun and safe summer. I got to see our Junior Lifeguards in action a few times and I can tell you that those kids had fun and were safe. Plus they learned a lot of important things, not only about their own and other peoples’ ocean safety, but also about making good choices for healthy living. Today’s article will be quite serious and solemn as I write about childhood drowning on Kauai and in Hawaii. On one hand the numbers aren’t overwhelming. State Department of Health statistics show that there were 50 Statewide fatal child (<18 years) drownings from 2008 to 2017. 3 of those were on Kauai and the ones on Kauai were all in pools and all 3 were under 10 years old. The problem, however, is the terrible toll of even one of these drownings, of course not only on the victim who suddenly lost all his or her future, but also on surviving friends and families. I only recently learned the term “complicated grief.” It’s defined as “debilitating feelings of grief and loss that don’t improve even after time passes.” I suspect that the chances of suffering from this might be higher than usual after losing your young child to drowning — particularly since there may be feelings of guilt thrown into the agonizing mix. The key to rescuing and saving childhood drowning victims is to not rescue them at all. That is, the key is prevention. I give an occasional talk about treatment of childhood drownings and on one of my slides I have it that steps 1-5 are prevention. Step 6 is oxygen. Step 7 is CPR (and I always emphasize excellent CPR in


Child Water Watcher Childhood drownings may occur even when there are plenty of adults around. With this in mind, the Kauai County Health Department and the Kauai Lifeguard Association have recently collaborated to develop a placard, as shown in these photos. This placard is to be worn around the designated watcher’s neck, with a lanyard. We have just produced the first set of prototypes and we soon will be mass producing several hundred and will be determining how to effectively publicize and distribute them. In our next issue we’ll let you know who to call to if you want to pick up a few. While wearing this tag, I agree to supervise our children in the open water or pool. I will keep them in sight at all times. I will not be distracted by phone or conversation. I will not leave the water area without finding an adult to replace me. I will not drink alcohol or use drugs. A water watcher is not a certified lifeguard and not trained to perform emergency rescues.

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Ocean Safety contrast to inadequate and untrained CPR). Step 8 is what we call advanced life support drugs, in the ambulance and the ER and the ICU. But the fact is once you’re into step 6 you’re in more trouble than you want to be in.

Up until around 30 years ago 4th grade swimming lessons were mandatory throughout Hawaii’s schools. Issues such as transportation and liability became too difficult and sadly this was stopped. Once stopped, getting it restarted proved to be too challenging for people, myself included, who made an effort to restart it.

Having children learn to swim, or at least to learn “drown-proofing” is arguably an even more important initiative. Infants However, some hot-off-the-press great less than one year old can actually be news: In the last 2 years a voluntary taught some degree of safety in the water. program for 2nd graders has started up I know of 2 main learn-to-swim programs: and it’s starting to gain some serious Mokihana Swim Club (which has an Ohana footing. You can learn more about this on Keiki program that starts at age 6 weeks!) and Swim Kauai Aquatics (starting at age 5). These 2 I and others clubs not only have long had teach kids how the unrealistic Having children learn to swim, but they dream of having also can and to swim, or at least to Kauai’s drownings do continue to go down to learn “drown-proofing” develop beginner zero. Unrealistic swimmers into is arguably an even more because there is State-level too much ocean, important initiative. competitive there are many swimmers and Infants less than one people (some in fact these year old can actually be with significant clubs are a major underlying health conduit into our taught some degree of conditions), and Junior Lifeguard there are too safety in the water. competition many people who team. I’m quite underestimate the sure there are ocean’s hazards and who overestimate other excellent solo teachers who have their own abilities. But the dream of less formal programs maybe in their own having zero Kauai child drownings is not backyard pool. You can google YMCA Kauai for more information. unrealistic. Let’s do it.

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are Kama`aina or your vacation if you are visiting our island home. If you are experiencing chest pain, dizziness, stroke-like symptoms, severe difficulty breathing, abdominal pain, head injury with loss of consciousness, open fractures, bone deformities, or any other major medical concerns; please call 911 or go to your nearest Emergency Department.

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Shhh! How to Create Your Own

r y a r b i Little Free L

by Lara Krupicka

My family loves to read. And we love sharing great books with others and discovering new reads. So when I heard about the Little Free Library movement, I knew we had to get involved. These small book-filled structures situated along neighborhood sidewalks encourage passers-by to take home any book they fancy and invite them to participate by donating books in return if they wish. In our case though, we didn’t only want to visit a Little Free Library – we wanted to host one. If you would like to do the same, then read on!

Little libraries come in all shapes and sizes. You could put out a plastic container of books with a sign inviting people to take a book. Or, if you have basic construction skills or know someone who does, you could build a wooden library. Just follow these eleven steps. 36

Decide on a design. What type of roof will your library have? Will the peak face the front or the side? Double door or single? One shelf or two? Do you want to make it in the shape of your favorite object? How much of an overhang will you leave on your roof?

This may sound like a lot to consider for such a simple building. However, it all makes a difference when it comes down to construction. Once you have made those decisions, you will want to plot out measurements for each piece of your library - floor, sides, door, window, back, roof. A common finished size for Little Free Libraries is 20” wide x 18” to 28” tall x 12” to 15” deep. Gather materials. You will need: • 5/8” plywood for the structure itself • 4” x 4” post for mounting it on • nails or screws • wood glue • caulk • exterior-grade paint • hinges • door handle • acrylic sheet for a window in the door • hook and eye to latch door closed Some library stewards aim for an environment-friendly creation by salvaging construction supplies from what they already have. Cut and sand the wood. Measure and mark the dimensions of each piece. Then, using a circular or table saw, cut the pieces to size. For the front of your library, you will also need to mark the opening for your door and cut it out. Then, in the piece you removed, you will want to cut the opening for your window. For the window itself, cut a

piece of acrylic one inch larger than your opening (to overlap ½” on all sides). If you don’t own a saw and can’t borrow one, bring your measurements when you purchase the wood. Many lumber and big box stores will cut to order for free or a nominal fee. Once your wood is cut, sand it. Start with a rough grade of sandpaper and sand each piece, making passes with increasingly finer grits. Your patrons will appreciate not having their clothing catch on a rough door or splinters in their fingers as they pull a book out. Paint the library. Before you assemble your building, mark which side of each piece will face inside. Paint those first rather than awkwardly reaching inside a finished library. When the paint has dried, flip the pieces over and paint the outside, unless you are painting a special design on the exterior, in which case you should assemble your library before painting the rest. Get kids involved in the painting process – they’ll love helping with this step! Assemble your library. Position the sides of your library at the edge of the floor piece, painted sides facing in. Drill pilot holes before nailing or screwing them together. Do this for both sides and back. Then place the front piece with cutout in position and fasten as you did the others. For added stability, you can run a line of wood glue along the edge of each board before fastening.

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Little Free Library (continued) Attach the window and door.

Host your grand opening!

Attach the acrylic sheet to the backside of the door: center the acrylic atop the door interior, insert short screws with washers snug against the edges of the window so that the heads overlap the acrylic to hold it in place. Fasten the hinges on the door, ensuring it hangs plumb as you do so. Then attach the handle and hook and eye.

Fill library with books, leaving space for visitors to add their own contributions. Attach a Little Free Library charter sign (obtained through, if you have one. Then invite your friends and neighbors for an unveiling party!

Caulk the interior. Run a bead of caulk along all the corners where the sides of your building meet. You may want to leave the edges where the walls meet the floor untouched. In the event that moisture enters your library, it will have a place to escape. Attach the roof. Match your roof pieces at the peak, measuring for an even overhang on all sides. Clamp in place and fasten as you did the sides. Then caulk inside along all roof and wall joints. Insert your library post. Dig a posthole approximately two feet deep. Drop in your post. Using a level to position the post upright in all directions, fill halfway with crushed stone followed by sand, tamping down between layers. To make it even sturdier, mix and pour concrete around the base. Mount your library to the post. You could add two angle braces (like those used on mailboxes) for extra support. 38

Serving as Little Free Library stewards (as owners are called) can be satisfying for kids and adults alike â&#x20AC;&#x201C; watching cars pause in the street to look at your building, receiving messages from friends about the books from your library their kids are reading, venturing out to see what new books have appeared and which ones have been claimed. The few hours of work that go into building one pay off many times over in community interactions and promoting literacy.

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Hello, My Name is Tiger by Jennifer P. Goldfinger

Toby is a boy who would rather be a cat. He wears an orange cat outfit on the first day of school and introduces himself to classmates as “Tiger.” When he befriends other children who also have animal alter-egos, he learns that it’s OK to be true to himself. KINDERGARTEN

Bonaparte Falls Apart by Margery Cuyler

Bonaparte the skeleton literally is falling to pieces! He needs help from his friends, Franky Stein, Black Widow and Mummicula, to boost his confidence before the first day of school. GRADES 1–2

Tool School by Joan Holub Join a hammer, screwdriver, tape measure, saw and a pair of pliers as they learn to cooperate on their first day of school. In addition to teaching kids about teamwork, the book introduces safe ways to use basic household tools. GRADES 5–6

Sticks & Stones by Abby Cooper Twelve-year-old Elyse has a rare genetic disorder. When other people say mean, harsh words to her, the words appear on her skin, causing bubbling and itching. On the other hand, nice words create pleasant sensations. This book teaches kids about self-acceptance and has a strong message about anti-bullying.

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Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle cheese and chicken over half of the tortilla. Fold tortilla in half to cover the filling. Place in skillet and cook about 2 minutes. Use a pancake turner to flip the quesadilla and cook 2 minutes. Cool and slice into three pieces. Makes 1 serving.

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Many parents confess to yelling at their kids upwards of ten times a day. Parents say they do this most of all because they want their children to listen but they get zero cooperation. When promises, pleading and threats no longer work, yelling can feel like the only option. Especially if time is short, behaviors are out of bounds, and big power struggles break out yelling becomes the go to way to get kids to start listening. The problem is that yelling at kids really doesn’t help them focus on what you want them to do. Why this backfires: A natural defense mechanism for children is to “tune out” yelling. It’s a highly charged input. Children might yell back or they might even laugh in response, but they aren’t internalizing the message. Frequent yelling can trigger symptoms of anxiety in children and can lead to a negative cycle of communication that is difficult to break. Here are some pro-active strategies to try if you want to reduce yelling and encourage your kids to listen and cooperate: Set limits early on Sometimes we dread the potential tears, conflict or protest that may come with setting a limit, so we avoid setting the limit in the first place. The problem? This practice of avoidance until the last minute leads to frustration and resentment on our part. Then we yell and our child startles, cries or disconnects. 42

5 Simple Tips Setting a limit sooner means the problem is eliminated well before it grows and triggers yelling. Keep your Limits AND remember to validate feelings Setting limits sometimes means children feel upset. Keeping limits however helps children learn to trust our guidance. While we cannot own or change our children’s feelings, we can strive to accept them, empathize and lead confidently. It’s very helpful to validate feelings and then trust that your child will be able to feel her feelings and move on.  Here is a conversation I had with my four year old recently: me: “Can you please set the place mats on the table?” four year old (with creative excuses): “Oh..but my legs hurt! And I’m playing with my playmobil!”

like it. It is boring. I understand. And it’s dinner time. So what’s your plan to get your job done?” four year old: “I don’t wannnna. I don’t mama.”

me (showing interest): “Oh no, your legs hurt? What’s going on with them?”

me: “it’s a boring job. you don’t want to do it. Could you make it a fun job?”

four year old (being honest!): “Ugh, I just don’t feel like table setting mama. it’s so boring!”

four year old (understanding my request wasn’t changing): “Can my playmobil princess do it? You, know, with my help?”

me (validating): “ don’t feel

me: “yes!”

Adjust expectations Young children touch everything, preschoolers ask WHY around 300 times a day, school aged children often have no interest in doing homework when WE think it’s the time to do it.   When expectations are in line with our children’s abilities (in that moment!) the better they can follow through with our requests and yelling is no longer necessary. Ask questions that invite cooperation  Questions can motivate kids to take ownership over their own tasks. What do you still need to do before ________?”  is one favorite way to motivate children.   This kind of question works because it invites cooperation while still allowing children to feel capable and competent.

In practice this means that “WHY HAVEN”T YOU BRUSHED YOUR HAIR YET AND WHERE ARE YOUR SHOES, OMG WHY ARE YOU NOT MOVING YOUR FEET…. LET’S GO!!!!!”  simply becomes “What do you have left to do before leaving the house?” This works because  “Yelling grows children’s defenses while clever language grows their cooperation.” Connect before making a request Children are much more likely to follow through with a request when it is done face to face, even better at or below their eye level.  This is a very safe and connected way to make a request. What’s more, when you speak kindly you are modeling a wonderful way for your child to interact with classmates, siblings, teachers and friends.

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Twins, Kai Asher Robb, Born: March 1, 2019 5:54pm • Weight: 6lbs 15ozs Simone Robb Born: March 1, 2019 5:55pm • Weight: 6lbs 6ozs Mother: Kelly Marie Robb Ikaika Maka’u’ole Balai Born: March 7, 2019, 6:37pm • Weight: 6lbs 1.5oz Parents: Sheri Balai & Gilbert Balai Jr. Siblings: Citrus Pagelsdorf, Micheal Pagelsdorf 3rd, Kaylie Pagelsdorf, Shaylie Balai and Patience Balai.

Eleanor Faye Noelani Bonilla Born: June 2nd, 2019 at 10:27pm Weight- 7 pounds 4 ounces Parents: Rayton & Charlena Bonilla Sibling: Abigail Bonilla

Eleanor Adele Silva Born: January 22, 2019 at: 5:25 am • Weight: 5 lbs. 3 oz. Length: 18.5” • Parents: Christine and Robbie Silva, Jr. Siblings: Lucia Silva (older sister), Evelyn Silva (TWIN)

Evelyn Adeline Silva Born: January 22, 2019 at 5:30 am • Weight: 5 lbs. Length: 18.5” • Parents: Christine and Robbie Silva, Jr. Siblings: Lucia Silva (older sister), Eleanor Silva (TWIN)

Kenzie Ann Hokulani Aqua Wong Born: May 6, 2019 at 9:13am Weight: 8lbs, 9oz. • Length: 21 1/4in. Parents: Raquel Kaui & Kalika Wong Sibling: Kamanakai Wong

Richard Joseph Ahgiak Clark Jr. Born: June 11,2019 at 4:20am Weight :8 lbs.4oz • Length:20 inches Parents: :Richard Clark & Jasmine Duque

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Benefit Kids “I’m bored,” my 11- year-old daughter grumbled as she collapsed onto the couch. It was a rare unscheduled moment. I cringed as I know what can occur when she has a spontaneous second. At the age of 3, I assumed she was quietly playing with toys only to discover the entire wall covered with crayon. We are happier now she’s in art classes. My daughter prefers to be busy, which is why she participates in multiple extracurricular activities, ranging from sign language to swim team. There are many benefits to having scheduled activities for children. Research by National Center for Education Statistics shows that students who participate in afterschool activities have better school attendance, higher levels of achievement, and aspirations for higher levels of education. Better Academic Performance Research shows that students who participate in extracurricular activities perform better in school. Douglas Reeves studied data at a high school and found students who were in three or four afterschool programs had dramatically better grades than those who participated in none. A study by the College Board found high school extracurricular participation is correlated with significant higher SAT scores

coaches or teachers with different rules and expectations. They have the opportunity to meet kids with a range of personalities and interests. These interactions teach children how to be adaptable to various types of people and situations.

More Adaptable

In the book Resilience at Work, authors Salvatore Maddi and Deborah Khoshaba discuss the importance of being adaptable and how adaptable people thrive-even in changing circumstances.

When children participate in more than one activity, they experience multiple

It is a skill that is beneficial in both school and work setting.


By Cheryl Maguire Time Management

Less Screen Time

It is possible to have too many activities so manage time wisely. Always be cognizant of your child’s energy level. When my daughter needs to skip an activity once in a while, I let her.

Common Sense Media states that many teens spend more than nine hours per day playing video games or watching TV. When kids participate in afterschool activities, they have less time to watch TV or play video games because they’re busy learning new skills.

When she wasn’t enthusiastic about going to gymnastics anymore, we decided not to sign her up for the next session. Most importantly, make sure your child is happy, healthy and thriving. Social Skills Children gain social skills from supervising adults and by interacting with peers. They also learn teamwork in activities such as theatre, sports, and robotic clubs. My daughter wants to attend her book club meetings even if she hasn’t read the book- she loves the social interaction with peers that follows.

Decreased Risk of Obesity According to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention, obesity has affected about 12.7 million children and adolescents for the past decade. When kids participate in activities such as dance, gymnastics and swimming, they reap the health benefits of being active and physically fit. A child involved in any club or an afterschool activity they will be more active than sitting at home “plugged in”.

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Back to School Snacks for Brain Health

For parents, that means the added duty of packing a nutritious lunch and snacks to sustain your children’s mental power and energy throughout the day. Luckily, choosing brain healthy snacks is easier than you think. Below are a few snacks that are easy to find and pack and taste great as well!

Trail mix with walnuts and dried fruit:

Fruit and greens squeeze pouch:

Nuts are superfoods for the brain! Walnuts are particularly powerful because they are rich in antiinflammatory omega 3 fatty acids, such as DHA, which are essential for brain function. They also have twice as many antioxidants as other nuts. The natural sweetness from the dried fruit makes this a kid-friendly snack.

We all know dark leafy greens are part of a healthy diet, but I’ve yet to meet a kid that can’t get enough kale. Luckily, fruit and greens squeeze packs are a tasty way to sneak it into your kids’ diet without fuss. Research even tells us that those who routinely eat dark leafy greens have a mental edge over people who rarely or never eat them. 50

Mashed avocado on rice crackers: The brain is almost completely made of fat, so eating a variety of fats is important for peak performance. Avocados help the brain cells remain flexible and protects nerve cells from damage. Mash an avocado onto a rice cracker for a fun handheld snack.

Blueberries: All berries are great for brain power, but blueberries stand above the rest. They’re perfect for quick energy and the deep blue color tells us they’re full of antioxidants. Studies have found that diets high in blueberries show improvement in memory and concentration. Blueberries even support the production of the “happy” neurotransmitter, serotonin, to help with the back-to-school-blues.

packs are perfect to toss in a lunch box and will keep your little one going until the bell rings.

Oatmeal and fruit squeeze pouch: Researchers found that eating healthy carbs, such as oatmeal, is like a shot of energy to the brain. The quick glucose is used for energy, attention, and concentration. Oatmeal and fruit squeeze packs are a simple and timesaving way to get your kids to eat oats.

Almond butter banana roll-up: Here’s a snack you can whip up while you’re still waiting for your coffee to brew. Simply spread some natural almond butter on a whole wheat tortilla and roll a banana up in it. It has quick energy in the carbs and sustained energy in the fat. Bananas are also a great source of potassium, which helps brain cells communicate with each other and stave off the dreaded “brain fog”.

Chia seed snack packs: If you haven’t tried chia pudding before, now’s the chance! Chia seeds are bursting with brain benefits, like healthy omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, zinc, and magnesium. These easy squeeze

Almond Butter Banana Roll-up

Dried seaweed snacks: Most of us wouldn’t think of seaweed as the ideal kid snack, but kids go nuts for them! They’re crunchy, slightly salty, and a much better alternative to potato chips. Best of all, they’re rich in iodine. Research finds that even mild deficiencies of iodine can impair brain function in kids. Seaweed snacks are a great way to make sure your little one’s iodine bases are covered.

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How How to to Help Help Your Your Teen Teen Become Become More More Resilient Resilient

By Kauai Resilience Project By Kauai Resilience Project Being resilient means being able to bounce back despite life’s challenges. Being resilient means being ablebecause to bounce back despite challenges. We want our kids to be resilient it can help themlife’s avoid risky choices. We want our kids to be resilient because it can help them avoid risky choices. We can help our teens become resilient to make the feelings go away, try We can help our becomewith resilient to make the feelings go away,Instead try acknowledging the feelings. of by improving ourteens relationships them. acknowledging the feelings. Instead of by improving our relationships with them. saying, “Don’t worry about it,” say, “Wow, Strong relationships with parents and saying, “Don’t worry about it,” say, “Wow, Strong relationships with parents and that sounds stressful.” caregivers can help teens feel happier that sounds stressful.” caregivers canto help teens happier and prepared face life’sfeel challenges. Make regular family time a priority. and prepared to face life’s challenges. Make family to time priority. Createregular opportunities talkawith your Research shows that the following Create opportunities to talk with Research shows that the following teen. Discuss things he would likeyour to do ideas are helpful: teen.together, Discuss things wouldcooking, like to door ideas are helpful: such ashefishing, together, suchproject. as fishing, cooking, Be warm, supportive, and a shared Make sure heor Be warm, supportive, a shared project. Make sure encouraging. When weand show feels that talking with him he is encouraging. Wheneven we show feels talking with not himthe is aloha to our teens, the that priority for you, aloha to our teens, even the priority for you, not the when frustrated, it teaches activity. when frustrated, it teaches activity. them that they can trust them that hard they times. can trust Take a break. If you or us during Take a break. If you or us during hard times. your teen are having a hard your are having a hard Listen carefully to your time teen keeping your cool, Listen carefully to your time keeping cool, the teen. Avoid interrupting, gently requestyour to pause teen. Avoidinterest, interrupting, gently request to pause show your and conversation until both ofthe show your interest, and conversation until both of keep the conversation you feel more calm. keep you feel more calm. goingthe by conversation asking open-ended Remember that you have going by asking open-ended questions. Remember have more influencethat withyou your teen questions. more influence with your teen Recognize and accept your teen’s than you may realize. It’s normal for Recognize accept your teen’s than may realize. It’s normal forto feelings as and being understandable. teensyou to be emotional, irritable, and feelings as being teens to be emotional, irritable, and to Put yourself in yourunderstandable. teen’s shoes and talk with friends more than family. Know Put yourself in your teen’s shoes and talk with friends more than family. Know that your teen needs your support and imagine how she might feel. Rather than that your anyway. teen needs your support and imagine howher shefeelings might feel. Rather than direction questioning or attempting direction anyway. questioning her feelings or attempting For more resources about adolescents and parenting, visit For more resources about adolescents and parenting, visit


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Things to Know Things to Know Things to Know About Oral Piercings About Oral About Oral Piercings Piercings

By Michael Lutwin DDS By Michael Lutwin DDS By Michael Lutwin DDS Kalaheo Dental Group Kalaheo Dental Group Kalaheo Dental Group

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Want to maximize your candy haul this Halloween? Venture outside your own neighborhood to these trick-or-treating hotspots. Kukui Grove Center Halloween Fun Haunted House 

Fridays, October 4, 11, 18, 25 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays, October 5,12,19,26 5 p.m.-8 p.m. 

Halloween Festival & Costume Contest

Saturday, October 26 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Center wide trick-or-treating, Costume contests, prizes! Wilcox Health Annual Halloween Babies Parade Thursday, October 31st 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Wilcox Medical Center Little ones are invited to show off their costumes as they trick-or-treat through Kauai Medical Clinic festive booths. Costume contests and prizes will be held. Refreshments will be served.   

Trunk or Treat

Friday October 25th 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Kings Chapel Hanamaulu.  On kuhio highway between Laukona St and Post Office Hay rides, costume contest food booth.  Free for the whole family


Glow Show

Glow in the dark puppet show and trunk or treat October 26th 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.  Kings Chapel Eleele Behind Big Save, Eleele Shopping Center Food booth. Costume contest. Prize giveaways. Call 335-6845 for more information.   

Kauai Christian Academy’s Fall Festival 

Friday & Saturday October 25 & 26 4:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Kauai Christian Academy campus Huge Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Live Music, Bounce Houses, Hay Rides, Carnival Games,  Cotton Candy, & Local Food Vendors, Silent Austion.  

Kalaheo Dental Group’s Halloween Candy Buy Back 

Friday, Nov. 1 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Kalaheo Dental Group will buy back “extra” Halloween candy from keiki for $1 per pound, up to 5 pounds, and donate the candy and toothbrushes to our troops through Operation Gratitude.  Rainbow Plaza, Kalaheo 

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Special Needs Fun Fall Activities and Camp Did you know that our local swimming pools are able to accommodate people with special needs? Waimea and Kapaa Swimming Pools have a chair lift to assist with getting in and out of the pool. Both pools also have a lifeguard on duty at all times. Call Waimea Swimming Pool at 808-338-1122 and Kapaa Swimming Pool at 808-822-3842 for hours of service. Special Olympics is hosting its annual Bowling Tournament on October 5th and 6th at Kauai Lanes! To sign up to play or to volunteer, email To help continue this valuable program, Special Olympics will be hosting a Smoke Meat and Sweet Bread Fundraiser as well as a See’s Candy Fundraiser. In September, BAYADA Kauai Habilitation will be hosting a Coffee Social Hour at Ha Coffee located at 4180 Rice St. #101A in Lihue. Enjoy a beverage and play board games while socializing with


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Maximizing Your Home Value By Leah Ragsac, REALTOR (S) You may have heard that right now is a great time to sell. Are you ready to list your home for sale? One of the first questions you might have is, “How can I maximize my home value?” Every seller wants to get the best possible price for their home. Fortunately there are ways to make sure your potential buyers see the true value of your property and allow you to receive top dollar when you sell. Clean and declutter – The first thing every home seller needs to do is take a critical look at the home and clear out the distractions. Cleaning the home and yard is a must. Remove anything that can draw a buyer’s eye away from the beauty of the home.

or replace furnishings. Even if you love oversized furniture, it can make the room look small. Consider trying more neutral pieces to furnish your home. Great Condition – No home is perfect, but before you put your home on the market take care of deferred maintenance issues. Repaint any area that is worn or dirty, and consider hiring a home inspector to point out necessary repairs. Buyers can be hard critics, have nothing negative for them to point out.

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GET YOUR STEM ON! Best Sites for Science- Minded Kids

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math: STEM. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what the education buzz seems to be all about these days, and with good reason. The future job market for your young learners will most likely rely heavily on the problemsolving and technical skills that go with these subjects. Your kids love their screen time. Why not direct them to programs, games, and sites that will teach them important educational skills along with having a great time.


by Jan Pierce, M.Ed. Here are some of the best shows, games, and websites for interacting with science, technology, and mathematics skills. Ages three to five Sesame Street - Yes, the favorite show of preschoolers for generations has updated their programming to include more than the alphabet. Now you’ll find problem-solving, nature, and environmental issues as well as science and engineering segments on this classic program.

Peg + Cat - The songs, activities, and interactive games make learning math skills a ton of fun. Nina and the Neurons - Available from BBC, this site is chock-full of basic science, engineering, and coding games, plus songs, videos, and activities. Hands-on proof that science is fun!

Ages five to eight The Odd Squad - Another offering from PBS Kids, this show follows two young agents, Olive and Otto, as they save the day using math skills. Each episode is 12 minutes long and full of great math insights for kids. pbskids. org/oddsquad/games Ask Dr. Universe - Join Dr. Wendy Sue Universe on her site and get the latest answers, activities, and videos related to hot

science questions such as: How are bones made? What’s a booger? Or why is the ocean salty? Planet Smarty Pants - This blog is written by an enthusiastic mom and filled with hundreds of activities exploring science, engineering, and art. Great literature supporting STEM projects are offered as well as the everyday activities she and her daughter do at home.

Ages nine to tweens Design Squad - A reality-based show from PBS Kids where teens ages 15 to 19 tackle real- life design problems. They design machines to solve problems. The teens compete to win scholarship money. May be interesting to teens as well as the nine to 12 age group. pbskids. org/designsquad Cyberchase - Jackie, Matt, and Inez are earthlings who have been pulled into a digital

universe. They work together to keep their motherboard safe from Hacker. Math, weather, and environmental knowledge help them solve their problems. cybersquad/ STEM Collaborative - This site has four major components: Math by design, road trip, scale city, and proportionland. Each module offers virtual environments, simulations, videos, and interactive math challenges.

High school Xploration Outer Space - This two-hour program is produced by Emily Calandrelli, a former NASA employee. It is shown on FOX affiliate stations. Each of the four half-hour blocks focuses on STEM topics related to space exploration. Sparticl - This site is a treasure trove of information for teen-aged learners. It’s divided into living things, matter and energy, body and brain, tech and invention, and earth and

space. Each section contains informative articles, videos, and experiments to try at home. Be sure to set an expectation for hands-on, real-life projects done in your home as well as screen learning. Kids love to experiment and problem-solve. These sites are a great way to get their creative juices flowing and take them into the world of real-life applications of STEM learning.

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Eye Exams: A Back to School Essential By Punzal Vision Dr. Joel E. Punzal, OD School supplies, registration, and uniforms top our list as we enter the new school year, but how about eye health? Vision is directly linked to learning, and all keiki should have annual eye health examinations, regardless of apparent eye-related issues like squinting, excessive blinking, and discomfort. Early detection and treatment is so important, and most insurances cover pediatric eye exams and glasses. Technology is everywhere around us, and our children are now spending a significant amount of time in and out of school on


computers, Chrome books, and tablets. Children need to see well to recognize, process, and retain information, and vision issues lead to eye strain, fatigue, headaches, and disinterest. Student athletes enhance their performance and coordination with optimal vision. 1 in 4 kids has a vision problem that is undiagnosed. Punzal Vision offers kid-friendly eye exams, and we want to help you make back-to school eye exams a yearly event. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all enter into the year 2020 with 20/20 vision! We hope to SEE you soon!

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How Concussions Impact Keiki

By, Daniel Judd, M.D. Wilcox Medical Center

Participation in sports provides children numerous physical and social benefits. Unfortunately, sports-related injuries are always a risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2.6 million children go to the emergency department each year for sports-related injuries. “Sports injuries are the second leading cause of emergency department visits for children and adolescents,” says Dr. Daniel Judd, an orthopedic surgeon with Kaua‘i Medical Clinic. “The majority of these injuries are minor bumps and bruises without any lasting consequences. However, serious brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal injuries do occur,” Judd says. On average, 600,000 athletes between the ages of 5-18 are seen in the emergency department each year for concussions,

“Recognizing the signs and symptoms of a concussion is key to making sure your child gets the treatment he or she needs,” Judd says. If your child suffers an injury to the head, parents and coaches should look for the following: • They appear dazed or stunned. • They look clumsy on the field. • They answer questions slowly. • Their behavior or personality changes. • They don’t remember events before or after a fall or head injury. “If you suspect your child has a concussion, get prompt evaluation by a health care professional. Make sure your child is monitored closely, especially in the first 24 hours following the incident,” Judd says.

“While many people associate a concussion with losing consciousness, you don’t have to be ‘knocked out’ to have a concussion.” most of which are due to participation in sports and other recreational activities. “A concussion is an injury to the brain that can be caused by a bump or blow to the head or body. While many people associate a concussion with losing consciousness, you don’t have to be ‘knocked out’ to have a concussion,” explains Judd, noting that less than 10 percent of concussions are associated with loss of consciousness.


Once symptom-free, your child can begin to return to their sport, but should return in a step-wise fashion and be monitored for symptoms along the way. It takes an average of a week to get back into full-contact sports once the symptoms have resolved. If your child or teen is taking longer than three weeks to feel better, it may be time to see a concussion specialist.

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Homework Help Tips to ease frustration and boost focus By the time Meira Mednick’s son was in third grade, homework time had morphed into lengthy, embattled evenings fraught with angry tears as frustrated son and frazzled mom squared off. “My son began showing signs of difficulty in focus on homework in kindergarten. By second grade we were drowning,” Mednick says. Mednick tried tactics like feeding her first grader an early dinner as soon as he got home from school and giving him time to relax before starting homework. Instead, “We ended up spending the next two years in a tug of war of time, and many tears were shed,” she says. Many parents can relate and dread the contentious homework hour, which can plunder an otherwise peaceful evening.


For kiddos, who struggle to tune out distractions and concentrate on the task at hand, sitting down to do homework doesn’t rank high on their list of priorities. Thanks to the distractions of technology, the inability to focus is a growing problem in our culture. The number of children who are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) also continues to rise. The Centers for Disease Control reports that ADHD is “one of the most common chronic conditions of childhood.”

By Christa Melnyk Hines The ability to focus is crucial to achieving goals. How can we create a more calming homework atmosphere that will enhance our child’s ability to concentrate and get the job done quickly--without the draining drama?

Place a plant in your home’s study area and have your child water it as a transitionary cue before beginning homework, Rene suggests.

STRIKE A POSE WORK IN SHORT BURSTS Kids get overwhelmed with long worksheets and multiple assignments. Break homework into timed chunks. After a busy day at school, parents can typically expect their youngsters to focus on a task for one minute for each year of their age. That means a six-year-old should be given a two or three minute break every six minutes. Create smart brain breaks. During the timed breaks engage your child in short activities that help reorganize and refocus the brain, like jumping jacks, playing with Legos or playdoh, or snacking on crunchy carrots or pretzel rods or something chewy such as fruit leather.

Yoga stretches and breathing exercises can calm and re-energize a tired body. Balancing poses like bird or airplane, and a full body twist combines breathing and concentrated stretching movements.

CHEW GUM Although the “no gum allowed” rule was grilled into our psyches when we were students, more schools now allow kids to chew gum during state assessments. The chewing movement has an organizing effect on the brain and can help kids focus.

Parents can typically expect their youngsters to focus on a task for one minute for each year of GET ORGANIZED a homework their age. boxMake either out of a large

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have found that including ornamental plants in a learning area can further enhance a child’s ability to concentrate and learn.

shoe box or plastic container. Have your child decorate it and store homework supplies, like pens, pencils, crayons, markers, scissors, paper, a glue stick and anything else he might need. “Having everything together creates an atmosphere of organization and success,” Rudman says.

“And weirdly, the more involved the child is in the plant’s life or maintenance, the more learning goes on,” says Magalie Rene, a classroom design consultant.

If your youngster continues to struggle with focus and concentration, consult with your family’s pediatrician or a child psychologist.


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How To Draw Mo'o


Geckos first came to Hawaii aboard thePolynesian voyaging canoes. They were tanor brown varieties. The Hawaiian word for lizard is moâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;o. In recent years bright colored geckos have been brought to Hawaii like this one originally from Madagascar.

Step 1: FORMING-


Form up the gecko by softly drawing circles and ovals and lines. Remenber to press softly as these lines will just be a guide to follow before adding your final details.

Step 2: OUTLININGUsing the circles and lines as a guide, make adjustments and do your final outlines for your gecko. Step 3: SHADING and COLORING-

Using crayons or colored pencils, color your moâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;o whatever color you want!

Email your art to: by October 15th.

It's easy to submit your art for our contest. eMail us, and include your name, age, grade, school and phone number.

Summer Winner! Katrina Ruaboro Age 10, Grade 5 Wilcox Elementary School Kaua’i Family Magazine thanks all the young creative artists for their participation. Everyone’s a winner with us!

'A'ama Crab | Honorable Mentions

Anika Singh Age 7, Grade 1 Alakai O Kaua’i Charter School

Asha Singh Age 5, Preschool Kalaheo Missionary Preschool

Carmela Ruiz Age 9, Grade 4 Kalaheo Elementary School

Hope Viohl Age 12, Grade 7 Olelo Christian Academy

Karen Tricia Age 5 Kekaka Elementary School

Janessa Aguilar-Nguyen Age 9, Grade 4 Wilcox Elementary School

Jose Gawaran Age 7 Kekaha Elementary School

Korbin Minks Age 6, Kindergarten St. Catherines School

Laila Pobst Age 7, Grade 2 Kauai Christian Academy

Malia Diegmann Age 7, Grade 1 Kalaheo School

Maya Kleypas Age 7, Grade 2 Kalaheo Elementary School

Violet Shalk Age 4, Preschool St. Catherine’s Preschool

Zaira Yamamoto Age 4, Preschool St. Catherine’s Preschool

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Talking to Your Kids

Here are 12 do’s and don’ts in getting your tween or teen to confide in you:


Instead say, “If you want to talk about, I will be in the kitchen.” Or casually ask later.

1. Overshare.

3. Jump in to save the day.

Kids aren’t that interested in our personal teen years. They are super self absorbed (they have to look in the mirror at that zit one more time). For example, if your daughter just shared with you her boyfriend broke up with her, over sharing would sound like, “I had a boyfriend that broke up with too. I was so embarrassed, I didn’t even want to be seen at school. Instead, say something short like “I had a boyfriend who broke up with me once, too.” Wait for them to show interest in how you handled it. If they don’t, no need to share further.

2. Pry ... or overly invest. Instead of, “Tell me! You always used to tell me everything. Why won’t you tell me!” 76

If your kid tells you a coach or teacher treated them unfairly, don’t run in for the rescue (unless abuse is involved.) This often makes you unsafe because not being embarrassed is of utmost importance at this age.

4. Talk negatively about their close friends. If you do,

they may stop telling you things you need to know.

5. Don’t punish, if you think something shady is going down. Tell them, “If you tell me the

truth, I won’t be angry.” Make it safe for them to tell you the scary stuff.


6. Listen, listen, listen. Listen more than you talk. Listen to understand not to judge or fix.

7. Repeat back what you have heard, ask if you got it all and then ask if there is more. For example, “What I heard was you got in trouble with your friends and you felt really embarrassed. Did I get everything or is there more?” Try to use almost the exact words but change a few to help your kid feel like you really “get” them.

8. When they tell you something shocking, be very slow and careful to not to overreact.

9. “Tell me one thing” is easier for them to handle than, “How was your day?” It also doesn’t allow for the dreaded one word answers like “fine.”

10. Remember something they shared with you in the past and ask about it. This

shows you really listen and care about what they say. For example, “How is Jasmine feeling? You said you were really worried about her because she has been sick for several days?”

11. Master the art of asking questions instead giving advice. Instead of, “You had better

bring that grade up if you want to stay on the varsity team!” ask “What will help you to get that grade up so you can stay on the varsity team?’

12. Drop what you are doing when they come to you to talk. Set aside your computer or

phone and give them your full attention. Tweens and teens are at the stage of individuating and come to parents less than they used to. So be an available and approachable parent!

Parenting Practice:

Have a conversation with your tween or teen using these Do’s and Don’ts. Afterwards, check to see which suggestions you implemented and talk time to reflect!

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Kauai Shining Stars

Aloha everyone, The Kauai Department of Education is excited to feature another great season of Kauai Shining Stars! There are so many great things taking place in our public education system and we invite you to watch and learn about some of the initiatives and events taking place in our schools. We start the season with student projects at Waimea Canyon Middle and Kauai High School, with many more stories to come. If you to want to nominate a person, group, or program to be featured on our show, send me an email at and tell me all about it. Tune in to Channel 128 on Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., or Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. You can also watch us online at Enjoy the shows! Aloha, Sean Doi Producer and Host of Kauai Shining Stars


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Student’s First Day August 5

Statehood Day August 16

Labor Day

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Veterans Day November 11

Thanksgiving November 28

School Holiday November 29

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